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Octo Moms of Rare Octopus Species Protect Their Eggs for 4-1/2 Years; They … – Chinatopix


National Geographic

Octo Moms of Rare Octopus Species Protect Their Eggs for 4-1/2 Years; They
Chinatopix
Researchers have reported tantalizing findings about the brooding habits of a species of octopus whose females sacrifice their lives to ensure the survival of their young. One such female octopus belonging to the deep-dwelling Granelodone boreopacifica …
Dedication: The octopus that spent nearly 4 1/2 years sitting on her eggs, a Washington Post
Mother octopus nourishes eggs for record breaking 4.5 yearsZee News
Octopus mom protects her eggs for 4 yearsNews24
Business Standard -Monterey County Herald -BBC News
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Posted on 31 July 2014 | 9:03 am

David Attenborough goes ‘tickled pink’ after 20 million-year-old grasshopper … – WallStreet OTC


WallStreet OTC

David Attenborough goes 'tickled pink' after 20 million-year-old grasshopper
WallStreet OTC
Scientists have named a 20 million-year-old grasshopper after Sir David Attenborough. The millions old grasshopper was found trapped in a collection of amber discovered in the Dominican Republic 50 years ago by the researchers at the University of Illinois.
Well-preserved Electrotettix Attenboroughi trapped in amber provides interesting Dumb-Out
Cricket Found in Amber Spawns Jurassic MemoriesGuardian Liberty Voice
Forgotten amber collection is a new window to the pastTech Times
Telegraph.co.uk -Battleground Blog (blog)
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Posted on 31 July 2014 | 8:59 am

China’s Xiaomi rises to fifth place in smartphone rankings – PCWorld


Reuters UK

China's Xiaomi rises to fifth place in smartphone rankings
PCWorld
Xiaomi became the world's fifth-largest smartphone vendor in the second quarter, catapulted into the top five for the first time by its hit products in its home market of China, according to research firm Strategy Analytics. The Chinese company grabbed a record …
Xiaomi's star rises as Chinese handset makers gnaw at Samsung's share: reportReuters
MIUI does not secretly send user data to Chinese govt servers: Xiaomi's Hugo Firstpost
China's Xiaomi Becomes World's 5th Largest Smartphone MakerForbes
CrazyEngineers -Digit
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Posted on 31 July 2014 | 8:57 am

Tesla, Panasonic sign deal for battery Gigafactory – USA TODAY


USA TODAY

Tesla, Panasonic sign deal for battery Gigafactory
USA TODAY
Electric-car maker Tesla Motors and electronics giant Panasonic announced Thursday that they have signed a deal to build a huge battery plant in the U.S. — a "Gigafactory." Tesla has previously talked openly of Panasonic's involvement with the project, …
Panasonic, Tesla to Build Big US Battery PlantABC News
Tesla, Panasonic form 'Gigafactory' electric vehicle battery behemothZDNet
Tesla, Panasonic Are Officially Partners On The Road To Build A GigafactoryForbes
MarketWatch -Reuters
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Posted on 31 July 2014 | 8:26 am

Facebook expands Africa push – BBC News


Reuters

Facebook expands Africa push
BBC News
It's the new frontier for the internet – connecting billions of people in Africa and Asia who have yet to sample the delights of the digital world. Through an organisation called Internet.org, Facebook has put itself at the forefront of this mission. Today it unveils a …
Facebook's Internet.org expands in ZambiaWashington Post
Facebook app to offer free internet in ZambiaFinancial Times
Facebook-Backed Nonprofit Brings Free Internet to ZambiaWired
Reuters -San Jose Mercury News -Financial Express
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Posted on 31 July 2014 | 8:25 am

Cortana’s cute face only has eyes for China – GMA News


IBNLive

Cortana's cute face only has eyes for China
GMA News
Cortana, Microsoft's answer to iPhone's Siri, has a face after all—and it looks cute. Unfortunately, the cute face is heading only to China, a tech site reported. The Verge said the cute-faced Cortana is part of Microsoft's efforts to localize the voice and content for …
Microsoft's Windows Phone dilemma: Sell cheap phones or great cameras?PCWorld (blog)
Windows Phone gets Fitbit appTG Daily
Microsoft spreads Cortana abroad in Windows PhoneThe Seattle Times
CTV News -Techie News -Zee News
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Posted on 31 July 2014 | 5:00 am

China Has a History of Not Trusting Microsoft on Cybersecurity – Forbes


Irish Independent

China Has a History of Not Trusting Microsoft on Cybersecurity
Forbes
Reports of China investigating Microsoft for possible violations of anti-monopoly laws have tied the action to continuing tensions over cybersecurity. In response to the Department of Justice's indictment of five alleged PLA hackers, as well as revelations in …
Microsoft Xbox one sales to start in China this fallUSA TODAY
Xbox One Launching in China Sept. 23PC Magazine
Xbox One to launch in China on September 23 for $600CNET
Boston.com -Fox News -Financial Times
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Posted on 31 July 2014 | 4:40 am

Verizon Wants To Slow Down Speeds For Some Unlimited Customers, And The … – Business Insider


Business Insider

Verizon Wants To Slow Down Speeds For Some Unlimited Customers, And The
Business Insider
"I am deeply troubled by your July 25, 2014 announcement that Verizon Wireless intends to slow down some customers' data speeds on your 4G LTE network starting in October 2014," Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler wrote …

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Posted on 30 July 2014 | 10:52 pm

Amazon Fire Phone not enticing enough to leave Apple, Android – Los Angeles Times


Design & Trend

Amazon Fire Phone not enticing enough to leave Apple, Android
Los Angeles Times
Amazon released its first smartphone this month, but for most consumers, it doesn't offer enough to warrant a switch from Apple or Android. Amazon released its first smartphone this month, but for most consumers, it doesn't offer enough to warrant a switch …
Amazon Fire Phone's Ironic Application ProblemDesign & Trend
Amazon's Fire Phone: a shopping device that makes callsCNNMoney
How to sideload Android apps to the Amazon Fire PhoneMobile Burn
International Business Times -MarketWatch
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Posted on 30 July 2014 | 10:20 pm

Apple’s Retina Macbook Pros now with faster CPU, more RAM – Digit


Firstpost

Apple's Retina Macbook Pros now with faster CPU, more RAM
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Apple's MacBook Pro with the best ever Retina Display has arrivedIndia.com
Apple winks at parents: C'mon, get your kid a tweaked Macbook ProRegister
New Retina MacBook Pros: Faster Chips, Cheaper, More MemoryGizmodo Australia
The Straits Times -USA TODAY
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Posted on 30 July 2014 | 8:37 am

Tech News Headlines – Yahoo News

Panasonic first-quarter operating profit up 18.1 percent

People look at Panasonic Corp's Viera televisions displayed at an electronics store in TokyoPanasonic Corp posted an 18.1 percent rise in operating profit for the first quarter, beating analyst expectations, on growing demand for its automotive parts and household fittings. The figure was higher than the 66.82 billion yen average estimate of six analysts, according to Thomson Reuters Starmine. Panasonic kept its operating profit target for the full year to March 2015 unchanged at 310 billion yen, which would be its highest profit in seven years.

Posted on 31 July 2014 | 8:08 am

Siemens warns of challenges ahead for energy business

A Siemens logo is pictured on an office building of Siemens AG in MunichGermany's Siemens AG warned on Thursday that its energy business faces challenges in the coming quarters as it reported fiscal third-quarter core profit that fell short of expectations. The news is a setback for Chief Executive Joe Kaeser, a conservative former finance chief who got the top job when his predecessor was pushed out a year ago, as he seeks to improve profitability after Siemens lost ground to competitors like Switzerland's ABB and U.S.-based General Electric. Kaeser unveiled a corporate overhaul in May, dubbed "Vision 2020", that will see Siemens take out a layer of management by cutting back to nine core divisions from 16, spinning off its hearing aids business as a publicly listed company and separating out management of its healthcare business. In the three months through June, operating profit from Siemens's four main businesses – industry, energy, healthcare and infrastructure & cities – rose 37 percent to 1.74 billion euros ($2.33 billion), missing the analyst consensus of 1.83 billion euros in a Reuters poll.

Posted on 31 July 2014 | 5:42 am

Amazon quickens push into tough local services market

A box from Amazon.com is pictured on the porch of a house in GoldenBy Deepa Seetharaman SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Seattle audio and video technician Todd Mueller showed up last year for what might have been a routine job except for one thing: Amazon.com Inc was taking notes. As he mounted a flat-screen TV on the wall, an Amazon employee studied how he covered his shoes and used a blanket to protect the hardwood floor. After at least two years of study, Amazon is ramping up efforts to offer repair, installation and other services online, tackling a fragmented but potentially rich U.S. market that may be worth an estimated $400 billion. Amazon's experiment with services goes back to at least mid-2012 in its hometown of Seattle.

Posted on 31 July 2014 | 5:01 am

Hackers can tap USB devices in new attacks, researcher warns

By Jim Finkle BOSTON (Reuters) – USB devices such as mice, keyboards and thumb-drives can be used to hack into personal computers in a potential new class of attacks that evade all known security protections, a top computer researcher revealed on Thursday. Karsten Nohl, chief scientist with Berlin’s SR Labs, noted that hackers could load malicious software onto tiny, low-cost computer chips that control functions of USB devices but which have no built-in shields against tampering with their code. It is almost like a magic trick,” said Nohl, whose research firm is known for uncovering major flaws in mobile phone technology. Nohl said his firm has performed attacks by writing malicious code onto USB control chips used in thumb drives and smartphones.

Posted on 31 July 2014 | 7:02 am

Facebook mobile app to offer free, limited Internet in Zambia

A smartphone user shows the Facebook application on his phone in Zenica, in this photo illustrationBy Alexei Oreskovic SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Facebook Inc is launching a mobile app that gives users in Zambia free access to a handful of online services on mobile phones, broadening an effort to boost Internet usage in underdeveloped countries. The Internet.org app will offer, in partnership with wireless operator Airtel , more than a dozen services including online encyclopedia Wikipedia, websites devoted to weather, job listings and health information, as well as Facebook's own social network and messaging service.

Posted on 31 July 2014 | 7:03 am

European regulators training sights on Google’s mobile software

File photo of Google Chairman Eric Schmidt speaking at a Motorola phone launch event in New YorkBy Foo Yun Chee and Alexei Oreskovic BRUSSELS/SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – European regulators are preparing what could be a stern challenge to Google Inc's mobile software business in the coming months after a nearly four-year investigation into the company's Web search practices left rivals and European politicians dissatisfied. Two sources with direct knowledge of the matter said that with a new antitrust chief taking over in November, European regulators are laying the groundwork for a case centered on whether Google abuses the 80 percent market share of its Android mobile operating system to promote services from maps to search. The Commission has stepped up inquiries just in recent weeks, sending companies questionnaires that seek far more details than previous queries on the matter in 2011 and 2013. In one questionnaire seen by Reuters, respondents were asked whether there was a requirement set by Google, written or unwritten, that they not pre-install apps, products or services on mobile devices that compete with Google software like its search engine, app store and maps.

Posted on 30 July 2014 | 7:45 pm

Samsung posts 19.6% fall in net profits

A Samsung employee demonstrates the new Z910F smartphone and the SM-R380 smartwatch at the Tizen Developer Conference in San Francisco, California, on June 3, 2014Samsung said Thursday net profit plunged almost 20 percent in the second quarter as competition from cheap Chinese phones and the strong won saw sales slump in its key mobile business. The South Korean electronics giant said net profit came in at 6.25 trillion won ($6.1 billion), down 19.6 percent in the first on-year decline for nearly three years.

Posted on 31 July 2014 | 8:54 am

Xiaomi’s star rises as Chinese handset makers gnaw at Samsung’s share: report

Lei Jun, founder and CEO of China's mobile company Xiaomi, speaks at launch ceremony of Xiaomi Phone 4 in BeijingXiaomi Inc, the three-year old company known as the Apple of China, has become the world's No.5 smartphone maker by market share while Samsung Electronics Co Ltd's lead has continued to shrink, a report by Strategy Analytics shows. Three out of the world's top 5 smartphone sellers were Chinese manufacturers in the second quarter, Strategic Analytics said, as China's low-cost offerings on the Android operating system whittle away Samsung's market share.

Posted on 31 July 2014 | 8:37 am

Samsung sees its lowest profit in two years as smartphone sales languish

Samsung sees its lowest profit in two years as smartphone sales languish

Posted on 31 July 2014 | 8:34 am

Alcatel loss narrows in 2Q but revenue stagnates

PARIS (AP) — Telecommunications equipment company Alcatel-Lucent SA says its net loss narrowed in the second quarter thanks to lower accounting charges, while revenue stagnated and restructuring charges mounted.

Posted on 31 July 2014 | 8:22 am